Afenifere, the apex pan-Yoruba socio-political group, has supported the calls for the South-East geo-political zone of the country to produce the next president and challenged those who think the South East region does not deserve the position.
Speaking on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today as monitored by Loconaija, the leader of the group, Ayo Adebanjo, hinged his argument on federal character and equity. The leader said while the South-South and the Yoruba-dominated South West have tasted power at the centre, the same cannot be said of the Igbo-dominated South East.
“How can you say rotation in the North and South, so when it comes to the South, it would be South-West and South-South every time? Is the South-East not part of the South? What is the moral we are talking about?” he asked during the show.
“Is it not the South West that has served [through] Obasanjo for eight years, Osinbajo for another eight years as vice president? [The] South-South has served its own. Is the South-East not part of the South? That is the question we should answer,” the elder statesman added.
The elder statesman believes that the amendments to the constitution were not people-centred.
According to him in the interview, the country adopted federal character to cater for weaker parts of the nation, a move he maintained, has helped to foster unity among Nigerians.
The Afenifere leader also faulted the just-concluded constitutional amendment by the National Assembly, describing it as insincere.
“There is no sincerity in the amendment,” he said a day after lawmakers voted on over 60 proposed amendments.
As far as he is concerned, the amendments did not carry the people along and thus were not a reflection of the true yearnings of Nigerians.
“Who are those making the amendment? Those are the beneficiaries of fraud in the Constitution,” he said. “How are you amending a Constitution you didn’t take part in. Did we make it? What is our input? A Constitution that tells lies about itself.”
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